We’ve had some recent encouragement in both expected and unexpected ways- thank you to all who have expressed concern and have prayed for the situation here- we are very happy to be able to post this update.
Ten days ago the Kenyan newspaper the Daily Nation ran a story which gave us hope for the Borderlands situation. One of the trigger points for violence within that community has been the issue of cattle rustling. We had already established that this was being carried out through organised crime rather than by the two communities in conflict and for six months early last year it had stopped whilst a notorious criminal was being detained in prison.
Some time before Christmas this man escaped from prison and the cattle rustling began again leading to the more recent outbreaks of violence with which our peace activists have been contending. To cut a long story short the newspaper reported that this man had been killed by security forces during an attempted arrest- very sad for his family but with the welcome result that peace has begun to return to the Borderlands. There have since been further arrests of other people who have been catalysts for violence in that area so things are looking much more hopeful.
Then last week after having had to jump through several new hoops as well as the usual hurdles with which we’re familiar, our container cleared at Mombasa and arrived safely at our office. A team of volunteers helped us unload the wheelchairs which are now all securely stored away awaiting next month’s distribution.
Even the lorry drivers helped!